Difference between comets and asteroids
Q. What is the difference between a comet and an Asteroid?
A. Both asteroids and comets were formed early in the history of the solar system - about 4.5 billion years ago.
|Made up of metals and rocky material||Made up of ice, dust and rocky material|
|Asteroids formed much closer to the Sun, where it was too warm for ice to remain solid.||Comets formed farther from the Sun where ice wouldn't melt.|
|Comets which approach the Sun lose material with each orbit because some of their ice melts and vaporizes to form a tail.|
Asteroid Belt:- The belt can be seen between Mars and Jupiter. Asteroid belts are mainly circular.
Kuiper Belt:- Many comets originate from this area. Most of these comets orbit the Sun in less than 200 years and return again in predictable intervals.